Josh Marshall calls Richard Perle on his mendacity over intelligence:

“The president is a consumer of intelligence, not a producer of it,” Perle told the Times. “I have long thought our intelligence in the gulf has been woefully inadequate.” Right. Perle has long been a staunch critic of the CIA. His argument was that they understated the scope of Saddam’s WMD programs, naively discounted his ties to terrorist organizations and had an overly pessimistic vision of post-war Iraq…

The skeptical voices in the Intelligence Community — the ones who are now vindicated in spades — were the objects of his greatest derision. And his solution was to give even more credence to the unreliable defector testimony which played such a key role in our bamboozlement.

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